The Gathering Place is a drop-in free of charge peer recovery center. No appointment is generally needed to stop in, but if you would like to speak to a staff member before visiting you call: 740-594-7337
We also have shower and laundry facilities for individuals who may be currently without a home or running water or are on a limited income and would like to do laundry monthly. We have a daily sign-up sheet for laundry, and we ask members to do a chore in return for this service.
Current Visiting Hours:
- Monday-Saturday: 9am-7pm
- Sunday: 12pm-6pm
The Gathering Place supports the recovery model and believes recovery comes in many different forms.
Characteristics of the Recovery Model
The recovery model is a holistic, person-centered approach to mental health care. The model has quickly gained momentum over the past decade and is becoming the standard model of mental health care. It is based on two simple premises:
- It is possible to recover from a mental health condition.
- The most effective recovery is person-directed.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines recovery from mental disorders and/or substance use disorders as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” SAMHSA outlines four dimensions that support recovery:
- Health: In order to manage or recover from mental illness, people must make choices that support both their physical and mental well-being.
- Home: People need a safe and stable place to live.
- Purpose: Meaningful daily routines such as school, work, family, and community participation are important during the recovery process and for maintaining wellness.
- Community: Supportive social relationships provide people with the love, emotional availability, and respect that they need to survive and thrive.
In particular, the recovery model stresses the importance of connectedness and social supports. This is in essence what The Gathering Place embodies. When people have supportive relationships that offer unconditional love, they are better able to cope with the symptoms of their illness and work toward recovery. Currently, it is known that one-half to two-thirds of those suffering from a mental illness significantly or completely recover. The Gathering Place strives to be a “gathering place” for peers to recover!
Other Things to Know About Visiting The Gathering Place
- No appointment required! You may call and speak to a staff member before dropping in, if you prefer.
- Transportation can be provided depending on circumstances.
- We serve adults 18 and older.
- No referral or diagnosis needed to visit.
What will I experience during my first visit?
You will be warmly greeted and introduced to staff and members, and given a tour of the building. Staff will sit down with you and take information of your name, other vital information, and ask what needs or services you are interested in, and we will let you know of any programming happening for the week that you may be interested in attending.
The Gathering Place does not offer counseling or other clinical services, but instead offers peer support and other evidence-based programs. You can meet individuals who might share similar experiences and could offer insight and support for whatever steps you are taking towards your own recovery.